Did you know that “Fear of Change” is one of the most common fears all humans face? It’s just ahead of “Fear of Germs” and right behind “Fear of Falling.” And oddly enough, two spots behind “Fear of Clowns.”
Fear can be paralyzing, but if you channel it properly, fear can also be a great motivator. How? If there’s an even greater fear that pushes you to change.
Don’t put your dreams on hold any longer! Here are 10 great reasons to push aside fear and start on the journey to a location-independent lifestyle:
#1 – A Two-Week Vacation Just Doesn’t Cut It Anymore
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in a culture than spending time with its people.
A vacation is usually tailored for the highlights. One can literally go from tourist attraction to tourist attraction, without ever really interacting with any locals other than those at ticket booths.
When you “slow travel“, you can visit all the popular attractions. But a whole new world opens up when you have time to step off the beaten path and visit the little known wonders.
Being location independent allows you to visit any place, for as long as you’d like.
#2 – The World is Huge!
Did you know there are 196 countries (plus territories) in the world? And each country has their own history, natural wonders, highlights, museums, etc?
I’ve been in Guatemala for four months, have been going to a new, amazing destination every weekend, and I’ve yet to cover a quarter of the country. A country barely the size of Tennessee!
Pick a country (any really), and get out there and explore!
#3 – You Want to Speak a Language Like a Local
The best way to language is by immersion. To learn the accent, slang, and phrases like a local.
Unless you live right in the middle of a strong community of immigrants in your own country, the best way to learn to talk like a local is to live in the place yourself.
You better believe it that when I’m ready to learn French, I’m moving to France!
#4 – You’ll Regret The Things You Didn’t Do More Than The Things You Did Do
Life on earth is a very fickle thing. Healthy today, bed-ridden tomorrow. Opportunities and open windows may close as suddenly as they open.
There is almost never a “right time” to embark on a journey. Take advantage of opportunities, seek them out if they’re not there. Live life on your own terms.
#5 – Make Your Money Go Waaaay Further with Geo-arbitrage
It’s a beautiful thing to earn dollars and spend in pesos.
Depending on the country you choose, you can live comfortably on less than it would be needed to live in a “First-World” country. Being location-independent works also works to your advantage when you live in a First-World country, as you don’t have to live near a city (more expensive), where jobs are usually found.
Seriously. I’m now eating healthier AND cheaper, than I ever did before.
#6 – You’ve Fallen In Love With Another Country
Have you ever felt like you don’t fully mesh with the culture and lifestyle of people around you? Your personality may actually be best suited for another country.
Open yourself to exploration and you may find a place that excites you and awakes your senses, just as Antigua Guatemala did to me on my first visit. You won’t know how a country will suit you until you’re willing to try immersing in it
#7 – You Want More Beach / You Want More Snow
We all get tired of the same. I’ve met people from Hawaii that can’t wait to live somewhere different, if only for a while. It’s normal.
There’s only so much of anything that one can take, and even beauty loses its luster.
Change is the real Fountain of Youth.
Tired of the beach? Move to the Swiss Alps for a bit.
@Flickr by Kyle Simourd
Tired of the cold? Relocate to a tropical paradise for a while.
@Flickr by sektordua
Your choices are only limited by your imagination when you’re location-independent.
#8 – You Want to Create Lifelong Memories and Experiences
You’ll create some of the best memories when you travel. When you experience places and people who are nothing like you’ve seen before in your life.
Routine does make life go by faster. But why not stop and smell the roses once in a while?
#9 – You Want to Raise Global Children
This may not apply to you, but it’s worth considering.
While there are drawbacks to relocating children (loss of friends), the benefits far outweigh them.
Your children will be:
- More globally conscious
- More tolerant and knowledgeable of other cultures
- Drawn to work that makes a difference in the world
- Learn another language
And many other advantages that come with being culturally aware. These reasons will apply to you as well
#10 – You Can’t Imagine Living a Conventional Life Forever
Sure, there’s something to be said for settling down. In fact, that’s the beauty of location-independence. You can travel the world, try different destinations, and ultimately settle down where you feel the most comfortable.
But it’s kind of hard to figure that out when you haven’t had the chance to try the place out for some time.
Allow yourself to explore different paths.
Take the road less traveled.
Seek to enrich your life, and that of those around you, with knowledge . Knowledge that can only come from experience and by opening up to new experiences.
It’ll be the best decision you’ve ever made.
What Other Reasons Do You Have
For Exploring The World?
If you still need a little more inspiration, watch this awesome video made by Ki’Une at RisingBean.com. I watch it from time to time, as it helps me refocus on what’s important in life:
Also, check out my Pinterest page about Antigua Guatemala, one of the prettiest colonial cities in the world and latest digital nomad destination I’m trying out.